OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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What is OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent, persistent obsessions or compulsions. Obsessions are the intrusive ideas, thoughts, or images and compulsions are repetitive and seemingly purposeful behavior generally recognized as senseless.

Common symptoms reported by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Type
How many have tried
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
57
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
40
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
Anxious mood (37) Insomnia (7)
2 more
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(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
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(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
Insomnia (22) OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (6)
2 more
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(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
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(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
Depressed mood (8) Anxious mood (7)
2 more
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(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Pain (20)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Anxious mood (9) Depressed mood (9)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Insomnia (18) Anxious mood (1)
1 more

Data from patients with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Treatment name(s)
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Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Apathy 8 more
How many evaluations
21
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (8 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
8
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Bipolar depressive episodes 17 more
How many evaluations
29
Tried for
Anxious mood (37) Insomnia (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Sex drive (libido) decreased 15 more
How many evaluations
30
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Nausea 10 more
How many evaluations
18
Tried for
Insomnia (22) OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (6)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Addiction Daytime sleepiness 4 more
How many evaluations
23
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Anorgasmia Anxiety and frustration 6 more
How many evaluations
15
Tried for
Depressed mood (8) Anxious mood (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Addiction Constipation 2 more
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Pain (20)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Abdominal bloating Brain zaps 13 more
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Anxious mood (9) Depressed mood (9)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) Grogginess 2 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Insomnia (18) Anxious mood (1)
1 more

Data from patients with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 59
20s 741
30s 947
40s 903
50s 558
60s 197
70+ 41

Sex

Distribution of sex

76% Female
24% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 914
20-29 years 227
30-39 years 122
40-49 years 57
50-59 years 11
60-69 years 3
70+ years 1

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,771
Not Diagnosed 1,769

These charts show data from OCD patients who have completed their condition history
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